It all started back in 1964 in Hoboken, New Jersey. . . on Washington Street, to be exact. Tony Conza and two high school friends had $2,500 in borrowed money and a simple idea - make sandwiches the way you would at home. Choose only the finest quality meats, cheeses and toppings, and pile them high while the customer waits for a fresh, tasty, satisfying sandwich.
All they needed was a name. They wanted to call their sandwiches something other than subs or hoagies - to set them apart from the others. So they started going through the dictionary until they came to the word "blimp." The picture looked like the generous sandwiches they wanted to make. Add "ie," and BLIMPIE was born!
The idea worked so well that BLIMPIE has grown from coast to coast -- and internationally -- and is the largest publicly-held submarine sandwich restaurant chain in the world.
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